Features September 2010 Issue

Can Modifiable Heart and Health Factors Affect Alzheimer’s Risk?

Some risk factors have been shown to protect against cognitive decline.

The important connection be-tween heart health and brain health is well established. But can heart-healthy behaviors help protect against Alzheimer’s disease? A recent study suggests no; however Cleveland Clinic psychiatrist Leo Pozuelo, MD, associate director of the Bakken Heart-Brain Institute, says that blood pressure management, exercise and other lifestyle adjustments can still help protect against cognitive decline while also bolstering your cardiovascular health.

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